Tonight, Saturday the 5th of May at the 02 Arena, London the hype and the pushing and the verbal jousting will be completed without any In Betweeners but only full on action. We have plenty of points to get through as Haye/Bellew 2 or Bellew/Haye 2 hits the Box Office and the popcorn is on order.
Make no mistake this is even bigger than the first time as the first time left too many open sores and unanswered questions for this rematch not to be a serious contender to end up being, enigma of the year.
Before we get to the main event we have light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi back and taking on Stephane Cuevas. Buatsi is being asked about titles and this shall simply be yet another opportunity to show off his power and staying ability.
A very late addition to the bill is super lightweight Luke Campbell who will shake off cobwebs and dust up with Troy James in a decent fight with a guy who will want to win but ultimately it should not stop Campbell being in better shape for his rematch and world tile eliminator against Yvan Mendy later in the year.
We then have Commonwealth heavyweight action between Joe Joyce and Lenroy Thomas, and with Dave Allen winning last night in a small hall show it will be a tough watch for him. Joyce is obviously well thought of and his rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Is this a step too far? This could be his unpicking or make his next step the one down which he could stumble. Winning the belt in only his 4th appearance is amazing, but it catapults him into dangerous fights at levels he may not have experienced yet. He is the author of his own destiny so let’s see what kind of child that turns out to be.
We then have another amazing contest between super middleweights John Ryder and Jamie Cox. Cox is coming back from his loss to George Groves, and will be heavily fancied as he was part of the World Boxing Super Series, but Ryder is a tough, tough cookie and this could end up either way. It is a fantastic undercard fight.
The super featherweight action between Martin Joseph Ward and James Tennyson for the EBU, WBA international and now the Commonwealth titles is another massive fight. Again, it is one that could fall to either man and with so much at stake is a classic in waiting.
If these suggest undercard highs, then the low is we no longer have the bantamweight world title fight between Paul Butler and Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF belt as Butler failed to make weight. It was already a tough fight for Butler and his refusal to try a second time to make the weight might suggest some lack of confidence that he can get the win. With no belt on the line for him, will he “turn up”? Only one way to find out and “tune in”.
Finally, we have the heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye. I was a Haye believer first time round, became a Bellew convert and am now sitting in between the camps – how ironic – and each day brings a new perspective. I do think it goes long and I don’t think Haye tires. I do think Bellew will go into deep waters but around the 9th, 10th might be the rounds in which this is won. I would not be surprised if it goes to the end and would not be surprised if one of them gets knocked out – I told you I was on the fence…
Also tonight in Manchester we have 12 fights, and in Birmingham there are now 7 fights
Of course, it being Cinqo de Mayo, Gennady Golovkin finds himself in the ring to defend his WBA and WBC belts against Vanes Martirosyan. This is no gimme fight and though Canelo really screwed things up, people will turn up to see a Golovkin win; they should not be disappointed.
On the undercard we have welterweight Cecilia Braekius, take on Kali Reis for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, and WBO titles. No suprises what the expected outcome is for the 32 fight unbeaten Braekius.
Also on the undercard is a man who beat Amir Khan, Briedis Prescott, taking on Ryan Martin at super lightweight. Prescott is not expected to win.
Later this week on Friday the 11th of May in Bradford, we have a further 6 fights
Saturday 12th May
Madison Square Gardens, New York – Lightweight Jorge Linares against Vasyl Lomachenko.
Bolton – Hennessey bring us middleweight Savannah Marshall, middleweight Reece Cartwright in for the IBF Youth title, super welterweight Peter McDonagh is back, and Hughie Fury is the challenger for the British belt against heavyweight keeper of that belt, Sam Sexton.
Liverpool – 11 fights
Gloucester – 2 fights
Maidstone – 9 fights
Friday 18th May
Glenrothes – Chris Ryder v Sotivi Papageorgiou, super featherweight Craig Morgan make his debut against Jamie Quinn, super middleweight John McCallum is back and middleweight Conor Law faces Yailton Neve.